LIVESTOCK HIGHLIGHTS: Top Stories of the Day
Private Label Poses Threat To Food Makers -- Market Talk
08:47 ET - Bernstein analyst Alexia Howard says store brands
have gained market share in recent years, and that threat is
getting more serious. "Simply put, private label products are
becoming relatively cheaper than branded products. This expanding
price gap, coupled with the improving private label quality,
presents a looming threat to food manufacturers," she says.
Shoppers are much less likely to choose store brands for some
items, like chocolate, whereas they often will for commoditized
goods like chicken or cheese. That puts Mondelez and Hershey in a
good position but is hurting Tyson's chicken, Kraft Heinz's cheese,
and Smucker's Jif peanut butter. "We interpret this as evidence of
weak brand loyalty as consumers are willing to trade down to
cheaper alternatives," Howard said. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beyond Meat Stock Is Falling After an Analyst Warned That
Competition Could Cap Gains -- Barrons.com
Beyond Meat stock fell more than 3% Monday morning because
another Wall Street analyst thinks investors should wait to own the
Monday's stock price levels are the lowest for Beyond Meat
shares (ticker: BYND) since July. Wells Fargo sees two problems for
the maker of alternative meat: valuation and new competition.
STORIES OF INTEREST
Early Blizzard Wallops Vulnerable Crops
Farmers who delayed planting in waterlogged fields this spring
face a new threat as they race to harvest their crops: snow.
Heavy snowfall and high winds over the past several days
buffeted northern Farm Belt states where many farmers faced
historic planting delays last spring. The early blizzard bookended
a trying year for U.S. farmers. Crop prices generally remain under
pressure because of high supplies and slackened demand as a result
of the U.S.-China trade war. And many crops now threatened by a
freeze are immature because they were planted so late.
DoorDash Pushes into Virtual Kitchens -- Market Talk
10:00 ET - DoorDash opens its first shared restaurant space for
online ordering in Redwood City, Calif., the latest move for the
fast-growing goods delivery company. Restaurants who sign up to use
the space will be able to make their food there and deliver it in
seven markets with DoorDash drivers. More investors are putting
money into virtual kitchens, including those associated with Uber
and Google Ventures. The spaces are cheaper than running a sit-down
restaurant, but the profitability of the new sector remains
debatable. (email@example.com; @heatherhaddon)
Cattle Ends Session Higher, Hogs Slip -- Market Talk
15:39 ET - Livestock futures finish mixed with December live
cattle futures up 1.2% at $1.13450 per pound-- the highest close
for the contract since Aug. 6. Meanwhile, December hog futures
close down 0.7% to 69.125 cents per pound. Livestock traders say
they're skeptical a partial deal between the US and China will
result in higher meat demand. "CBOT traders want to see new/large
Chinese demand to have confidence in Friday's Phase 1 Trade Deal
announced between the US and China," says AgResource. "The markets
are skeptical on trade deals that are not inked as both sides can
move the goalposts." (firstname.lastname@example.org; @kirkmaltais)
Estimated U.S. Pork Packer Margin Index - Oct 14
Source: USDA, based on Wall Street Journal calculations
All figures are on a per-head basis.
Date Standard Margin Estimated margin
Operating Index at vertically -
Oct 14 +$ 35.65 +$ 36.74
Oct 10 +$ 37.45 +$ 35.73
Oct 9 +$ 36.29 +$ 33.66
* Based on Iowa State University's latest estimated cost of production.
A positive number indicates a processing margin above the cost of
production of the animals.
This report compares the USDA's latest beef carcass composite
values as a percentage of their respective year-ago prices.
For Today Choice 107.2
(Percent of Year-Ago) Select 98.5
USDA Boxed Beef, Pork Reports
Wholesale choice-grade beef prices Monday rose $1.56 per hundred
pounds, to $217.22, according to the USDA. Select-grade prices rose
65 cents per hundred pounds, to $189.33. The total load count was
82. Wholesale pork prices rose 47 cents, to $77.49 a hundred
pounds, based on Omaha, Neb., price quotes.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 14, 2019 17:11 ET (21:11 GMT)
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